Man United Pushing Hard For Signing Of Barcelona Star

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

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Manchester United’s defensive woes, at the time of writing this article, are still quite prominent. The early sagas in this transfer window have linked the Red Devils with several defensive names, but apart from speculation, nothing solid has surfaced yet.

The de Ligt saga is clearly an exception but even with regard to the 19-year-old, the news may remain static until the second week of June.

However, there are other defensive concerns for the club to fret about as well. Even though there has been relative silence with regard to the David De Gea saga, things have neither been here nor there.

If not sold, the Spaniard is likely to wait out his contract. If the club decides to cash out on him, it certainly appears that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would prefer to do it now rather than in January.

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Now, according to Mundo Deportivo, the English giants are still very much inclined on signing Barca goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The 30-year-old Dutchman was initially linked with Benfica, but more recent claims indicate that no definitive contact has been made there.

This has been taken well by United who, according to the report, are trying to push hard and secure the transfer. The source adds that Barca’s qualms with the Portuguese club were that they wouldn’t accept payment in installments for the shotstopper.

The Red Devils wouldn’t suffer from this drawback and are expected to pay full in cash. It seems certain that Cillessen will depart this summer and the Manchester United factor adds great interest to this saga.

The report also speculates that perhaps Barca is merely using United as leverage in order to secure a better deal from Benfica who are understood to desire the player more.

Prior reports had claimed that United would be promoting Sergio Romero to the no.1 spot in the event De Gea is sold this window.